Originally published in 2002, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability explains the systems of permaculture in 12 design principles that together with three central ethics provided a foundation for a diversity of ecological solutions that characterise permaculture design, teaching, development and activism.
Fifteen years on the book was revised and redesigned, translated into nine languages and has proven to be the seminal text for extending permaculture beyond its agrarian roots.
For the general reader this book provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations for sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading.
Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren’s own patch, Melliodora, and other practical examples.
“If you want a clear, deep and passionate guide to how we, as a race, might adapt to the rapidly approaching reality of energy descent in such a way that we not only survive but thrive, you must read this”. – Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement
“If the Permaculture Principles that David Holmgren discusses in this extremely important book were applied to all that we do, we would be well on the road to sustainability, and beyond”. – Professor Stuart B. Hill
Check out the summary of permaculture concepts and principles in Essence of Permaculture.
Published 2017 (Revised edition)
280 pages, B&W illustrations throughout, 175mm x 242mm.
Printed in Australia
Print ISBN: 9780994392848